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Janis Minor Forte

Driver Family ReUnion, Inc.

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Janis Minor Fort , is an experienced genealogists, writer and lecturer who has presented at national, state and local genealogical conferences. Recently, she presented at the Roots Tech 2015 conference in Salt Lake City. She is a frequent lecturer at the NGS, FGS and OGS conferences. In Oct. 2014, she presented the keynote lecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society conference. Prior, one of her FGS lecturer was awarded the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture. In addition to her many talents, she is also a Track Coordinator for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute. Her presentation specialties include methodology, and problem solving techniques, skill building techniques and case studies and are skilled in on-site and on-line African-American slavery era research. In 2013, received first place award in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Excellence in Writing Competition. Janis devotes much time to volunteer services at national and local conferences. She recently authored, Oral History? Prove It! , recently published in the Family Chronicle magazine. Her article, What Legacy for David Henry Driver? , an approach to untangling records of a conflicted ancestor, was the cover story of a recent Illinois State Genealogical Society Journal . Janis has also been published in The Tennessee State Genealogical Magazine , the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal , the journal of the Chicago Genealogical Society Quarterly , newsletters of the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society , the AAGHSC Newsletter and other publications. In 2009 2011, she chaired the publication committee of the AAGHSC s 30th Anniversary Our Heritage Family Stories . This 386 page hard cover book is a fully indexed compilation of genealogies, family stories, pedigree charts and family group sheets. It is shelved in several county libraries, major genealogy libraries and archives and the Library of Congress and has been digitized at Janis is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration. She may be contacted via e-mail at:

Academic Degrees:
Bachelor (Business Management) ; Masters (Social Service Administration)

Research Specialty:
African American ; Military ; Court Records

Time Period Specialty:
17th Century ; 18th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
AL ; IL ; TN ; South ; Chicago ; Memphis

Service Categories:
Conference Planner ; Editor ; Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Publisher ; Author/Writer

Accepts Clients:

1710 E. 83rd Pl.
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Day Phone:
(773) 768-4413

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